We envision a fully integrated Center for the Arts at UVA that expands opportunities for students to pursue their creativity through different artistic disciplines while creating a welcoming, inviting, and inclusive arts space to connect and engage our community and visitors.
A new Center for the Arts will address a longstanding need for dedicated rehearsal and performance space on Grounds, enhancing both the University and Charlottesville communities.
Over the past 10 years, the population of Central Virginia has increased by 12%, with the UVA student body steadily increasing as well. The profile of the arts and arts offerings at UVA have also expanded significantly, compounding the demand for facilities to support arts programming and curricula. Annually, over 37,000 tickets to arts events are enjoyed by UVA students, several thousand more by alumni, faculty, and community members - many of these events hosted in spaces outfitted for lectures or classes, not suitable for a high-quality performing arts experience.
For the first time ever in UVA’s history, a Center for the Arts will provide a state-of-the-art, acoustically suitable, 21st-century performance and rehearsal space, addressing the demands of generations of UVA students and the Charlottesville community who have didn’t have the opportunity to utilize spaces designed specifically for music, dance, and large theatrical productions and signaling a bold, new era of creativity, imagination, innovation, and collaboration across Grounds and throughout Central Virginia.